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President Buhari approves pension payment to Biafra war veterans

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of pension to soldiers, policemen and paramilitary officers involved in the Biafra war.

The veterans were dismissed from service for their participation in the war which lasted between 1967 and 1970.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Pensions Transition Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) announced that payment will commence on Friday, October 20, in Enugu state.

“The general public would recall that Nigeria witnessed an ugly civil war between July 1967 and January 1970 and as a result of that unfortunate period in our history, some members of the armed forces, the Nigeria police and the paramilitary officers who took part with the secessionist were dismissed from the service,” the statement read.
“The dismissal of those officers was commuted to retirement in year 2000 through a presidential amnesty granted on 29th May, 2000 by the administration of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR.
“A verification exercise was conducted for the pardoned officers by the defunct Police Pension Office and recently PTAD on one hand and the Police Service Commission on the other.
“Despite the presidential pardon and verification of these officers many of them remained unpaid years after the pardon. However, the present administration under the able leadership of president, C-in-C of the armed forces, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has graciously given approval for the payment of pension entitlements to these officers and their next of kin.
“PTAD is commencing the payment of pension benefits to the retired war affected police officers on Friday 20th October, 2017 in Enugu. 162 officers will be payrolled and 57 Next of Kin who have also not been paid their death benefits will be paid in the first batch.”

The development comes at a time when critics have accused Buhari of marginalising the south-east.

Source – Ebiwalismoment

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#EndSARS: You Won’t Escape – Fani-Kayode Tells Buhari, Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu, Over Lekki Shootings

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#EndSWAT: Things Will Fall Apart – Fani-Kayode Warns Buhari Govt
End SARS: You Won’t Escape – Fani-Kayode Tells Buhari, Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu, Over Lekki Killings

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.

Fani-Kayode in his statement noted that people involved in the killing of Nigerians will not escape the punishment of God.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Ekiti state government declares 24-hour curfew

On Tuesday night, men of the Nigerian army opened fire at the protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, leaving many injured.

He wrote:

“For the blood that Buhari, Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu, and Osinbajo spilled in Lekki today there will be consequences.

“They will pay a heavy price. Lagos is my home. I was born there. I grew up there. These are my people. You will NEVER escape divine retribution, God’s vengeance, and God’s judgment.”

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Hillary Clinton Calls On Buhari To Stop Killing #EndSARS Protesters

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Hillary Clinton Calls On Buhari To Stop Killing #EndSARS Protesters
Hillary Clinton Calls On Buhari To Stop Killing #EndSARS Protesters

Hillary Clinton

Former Presidential candidate in the United States, Hillary Clinton, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari, to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria.

The former United States Secretary of State and former First Lady of the United States made this call on Twitter on Tuesday night in reaction to the killings of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Ekiti state government declares 24-hour curfew

Reacting to the attack on the peaceful protesters in Lagos in a tweet, the former Democrat Presidential candidate, called on President Buhari and the Nigerian soldiers to stop killing young Nigerians.

See her tweet below:

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#EndSARS: Lekki Shooting Is A Massacre – Saraki

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#EndSARS: Saraki Calls On FG To Engage Protesting Youths
#EndSARS: Lekki Shooting Is A Massacre – Saraki

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has described the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate by army officers as a massacre.

Army officers arrived at the sit-in protest venue two hours before a state-imposed curfew was billed to kick-off, and opened fire on the peaceful protesters.

The street lights were turned off and security cameras switched off before the shooting began.

Also Read: #EndSARS: ‘Our Goal Is Not To Kill Anyone’ – Rapper Vector

Saraki, while describing the shooting incident as a massacre, called for great patience, restraint, and compassion in handling the demands of the youth.

According to him, the dialogue is the only logical option in the current situation— and not violence, adding that It was unacceptable for any Government to turn its weapons on its own young people.

See his tweet below:

 

End SARS: Lekki shooting is a massacre – Saraki

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